Monday, February 24, 2014

How Wikipedia Works

On Saturday evening while I was out having dinner I overheard a conversation that sounded like a father telling his daughter (I can't confirm the relationship as I didn't turn around to look at them) never to use Wikipedia because it's not reliable. That conversation could have just as easily been heard in any number of classrooms around the world. Often those conversations are based in a lack of understanding of how Wikipedia works.

A good resource to help people understand how Wikipedia works is Wikipedia Explained by Common Craft uses Common Craft's In Plain English style to explain how Wikipedia works. The video explains how Wikipedia entries are written, updated, verified, and maintained. Watch the video on Common Craft or as embedded below.

Purpose Games - Create Online Review Games

Purpose Games is a free service that allows users to create custom games, share games, and play games. There are two styles of games that you can create and play on Purpose Games. The simpler of the two styles is a fairly basic multiple choice game. The other style uses images and maps on which players have to name the places represented by placemarks on the image or map. For an example, try this game about the skeletal system. Purpose Games gives game creators the option to make their games public or private. If you select the private option, only the people to whom you send invitations will be able to play your game.

Applications for Education
There are hundreds of places to find educational games and quizzes on the Internet. That said, sometimes you still cannot find quite what you're looking for. In those cases a tool like Purpose Games can be useful. You might also consider having your students create their own review games on Purpose Games.

A Quick Comparison of Five Popular Backchannel and Informal Assessment Tools

During yesterday's webinar on backchannels and informal assessment tools Poida suggested that I create a chart comparing the key features of popular backchannel and informal assessment tools. The chart embedded below provides a comparison of seven questions frequently asked about TodaysMeet, Padlet, Socrative, Infuse Learning, and Kahoot. (Click here for the recording of webinar that I gave about these tools).

Click here if you cannot see the chart.

Free Copyright and Creative Commons Courses for Educators

Peer 2 Peer University is again offering some free courses on Copyright and Creative Commons for educators. Copyright for Educators and Creative Commons for Educators begin in March and run through early May. Copyright for Educators has an enrollment limit and requires an application. Creative Commons for Educators does not have an enrollment limit nor does it require an application.

Here are the goals of the Copyright for Educators course:
  • Understand the basic concepts of copyright law.
  • Identify copyright issues in education.
  • Understand when fair use or other copyright exceptions apply to teacher, librarian, or student use of copyrighted content. 
  • Strategize and talk with your students, peers, and administrators about how to use copyright exceptions in education.
These are the goals of the Creative Commons for Educators course:

  • Find educational resources that are open for sharing and remix 
  • Remix open educational resources 
  • Share remixes on the web 
  • Attribute CC licensed materials 
  • CC license your work 
  • Explain CC licenses and how they work 
  • Edit collaboratively 
  • Work transparently 
  • Advocate openness
Thanks to Jacques Cool for sharing the announcement about the courses on Twitter.